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    Job Thread

    I'm a generalist software engineer. My current job uses Haskell primarily, but I have used lots of other languages like C/C++, Rust, C#, JavaScript, Python, SQL, etc. Once you learn a language or two you can kind of figure anything out. I learned the basics of programming in school, but otherwise every language except C/C++ and Java I learned on the job. Nowadays, there are plenty of free resources online to learn basically anything, so those would be just as good of a starting point as any traditional degree. The main thing is just building your resume until you can get that first opportunity. It can be a tough process, but it's not too much different from looking for a job in any other field. Feel free to reach out on here if you have any questions. I am not exactly in the field you're looking for, but I may be of some help depending on the question.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    What percentage of the student population would have become infected had they stayed off campus?
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    Job Thread

    It's all about finding the type of job you want and just getting lucky enough to get hired. One way or another, you will end up learning on the job when you're getting paid. For example, my current job I had basically used none of their languages or technologies and still got hired because they liked me as a candidate and felt they could teach me whatever I didn't learn myself. (I did have five years in the field in general, so it's not a totally fair example. But, by and large this is how it works for everybody) Assuming the thing you really want is to move into a data science / programming position, the sooner you move into it the better. Taking a meandering kinda-sorta approach is only going to leave you feeling disappointed and probably like you still haven't learned "enough". If the pay, job security, added stress of switching careers, etc. is all good with you and your family (and the job responsibilities are what you're looking for), I would take opportunity A if I were you. But, there's a lot of details here that only you can answer. Opportunity B kind of sounds like they'd be jerking you around a bit, IMO. If you decide to stick it out at your current spot and look for a better fit, the best thing you can do is pick a project that you're interested in that requires the skills that you need and just do it. It doesn't need to be useful, special, or even good in the end; you will learn some skills along the way that will help you get hired. Keep repeating this process and dedicating yourself to getting better, and you will get there eventually. If you don't know what to do or how to do it, just Google it; that's mostly what "professional experience" is anyways. Googling "personal data science projects in Python" (or whatever is more relevant to you) is honestly probably a decent way to get started.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    Economists, probably. OT: love the Jorbs tweet. One of my favorite streamers.
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    Market/Financial Thread

    Credit card fees are probably a better comparison. Credit card processing fees are generally passed down to the consumer by selling goods at a higher price.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    For what it's worth, my girlfriend works at a private (Catholic) school on the south side, and their plan has also been a clusterf***. They are back in person except for those students which opt into remote learning (few in the working class), and the teachers are responsible for both.
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    Market/Financial Thread

    Bitcoin would act more like a currency if people used it more like a currency. At the moment, it is primarily seen as an investment vehicle, and it behaves accordingly.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    A big part of my political beliefs is that the extent that the government and central banks contort themselves to have an ever inflating economy is not healthy, but I'm not quite sure how a deflating economy (thus causing the rich people pictured in the tweet to lose "money") is a benefit to much of anybody.
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    Market/Financial Thread

    Hard to know exactly what you mean by "unwind more", but, as far as the balance sheet is concerned, any offloading of the treasuries from 2009-2014 was completely erased by the easing of the repo rate spike last September: graph.
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    What would you have rather seen from this draft?

    This draft definitely feels like a Rick Hahn "diversify my risk portfolio" move. When he had a bunch of top flight talent from trades, he drafted a bunch of meh depth pieces. Now that much of that talent is graduating, he seems to be after more upside risk.
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    2020 Draft: Day 2 Discussion

    I don't get the consternation about investing the entire draft into 2 guys. In a good year, the Sox draft, what, 4 interesting guys plus a couple of college players we talk ourselves into liking because we're fans? It seems to me like we got the appropriate amount of players by cutting the slotted rounds in half... I don't pay much attention to other teams, so maybe everybody else (without comp picks) drafted 5 rounds of worthwhile players?
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    I remember reading a couple months ago that the mortality rate of ventilators was around 80%. Can't recall where, though.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    I agree. The reality is that people are irrational by nature, and he plays this really well to his advantage. His critics feel great when they criticize him and his supporters. His supporters double down because they feel they and their leader are being unfairly attacked. Thus reinforcing the loop. In essence, by making everything about him, he can move every issue from "how can we solve this problem" to "how can we signal that we are better politically than the other side." Good politics for sure. Good leadership? Well...
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    What's their net wealth increase since January 1? Edit: This came off a bit more harsh than intended. I too wish the government had done a better job of helping those who actually needed it.
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    COVID-19/Coronavirus thread

    I think my worry is that you see cases spike again every time the orders are lifted. In theory, staying in place for a sufficiently long time flattens the curve, but I don't know if things will be that simple to not overburden the system.
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